It’s cute that the baseball teams are filling the stands of stadiums with cut-outs of fans, seemingly as a way to not be distracted by the huge swaths of empty seats. Not only that, but it allows team to pay homage to local heroes. Case in point, one seat at Texas Rangers’ games has been reserved for a member of heavy metal royalty — Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul.
A recent news report, reposted on Pantera’s Instagram, showed Vinnie seated at Globe Live Park in Arlington, TX, with a special shout-out given to the man himself. Take a look and getcha pull:
The band Paul is most famous for, Pantera, recently shared via social media a photo of the headstone that will be erected at the drummer’s grave site. The caption to the band’s post pointed out that despite numerous incorrect reports that the headstone has already been placed, that is not, in fact, the case. “Once it has been placed – we will post & officially let you know,” the post read. “Please don’t believe random things you read on the internet.” You can see the Pantera post below, including the photo of the full headstone, which bears a striking resemblance to Dimebag’s. It includes the inscription “Don’t ever think it’s not a good time/If you do think it’s not a good time/A good time is a good time/A bad time is a bad time/And a wonderful time is irreplaceable/Hellyeah!”
Paul’s final studio recordings appear on Hellyeah’s forthcoming new album, Welcome Home, which is set to be released on September 27th. The band recently performed its first show since his passing, playing a career-spanning set list that included two Pantera covers, “Walk” and “I’m Broken,” as a tribute; Stone Sour’s Roy Mayorga handled drumming duties at the concert and has since officially joined Hellyeah.